Gloria Gross was a pillar in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Audiology Clinic for many years. She then worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and families at the Hearing Society of Minnesota. Gloria served as a role model and mentor for those entering the field. Above all, she was a passionate advocate for our profession and fiercely defended our scope of practice and autonomy. This Minnesota Academy of Audiology scholarship, first awarded in 2005, was inspired by Gloria’s commitment. .
The Gloria Gross Scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior who is deaf or hard-of-hearing and has been accepted to attend a post-secondary institution. Preference will be given to applicants who live and/or attend high school in Minnesota. The scholarship can be provided to one or more students, as determined by the Academy.
An application consists of the following items, which can be combined into one document or sent as separate PDFs or Microsoft Word documents. No other formats will be accepted.
Applications are accepted during a student's senior year. The deadline is May 31st, with scholarships awarded in late June. Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are awarded in late summer at the MAA booth during the Minnesota State Fair (when possible). If chosen, the recipient must provide a recent photo and proof of enrollment in their school or university prior to receiving the scholarship funds. We will also share their application essay with our membership.
Contributions can be made online. The scholarship has historically been funded by the Silent Auction at the Academy’s Upper Midwest Audiology Conference, held each winter. To support the continuation of the scholarship, items can be donated to the Silent Auction or you can bid on items while attending the conference. Since its inception in 2005, MAA has awarded over $25,000 in scholarships to deserving applicants.